Low Dose CT Screening
Low dose CT scan lung cancer screening are recommended for individuals who are at high risk to acquire the disease. The goal of low dose CT lung screening (LDCT) is to detect lung cancer before a person develops symptoms, at which time, the cancer is much harder to treat.
Two groups have been identified as high risk:
Group 1: People ages 55 to 74 who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.
Group 2: People ages 50 to 74 who currently or in the past have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 20 years. They must also have at least one other risk factor for lung cancer, not including exposure to secondhand smoke.
Other risk factors for lung cancer include having cancer in the past, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, a family history of lung cancer and exposure to certain substances (including asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, silica and uranium).
Call our Oncology Nurse Navigator at 281-540-7808 to see if you qualify for a LDCT and to schedule your exam. We will need an order for the lung screening from your healthcare provider before your exam. Our nurse navigator can help you obtain the order to get scheduled for your test.